STRAUME, Norway -- Norske Shell has selected AGR Drilling Services’ excavation and trenching technology for its next-phase project in the northern part of the Ormen Lange gas field in the Norwegian Sea.
The contract is valued at $14.6 million. Work will involve seabed leveling and pre-lay trenching in stiff soils, using AGR’s ClayCutter tool.
AGR will start the offshore phase of the project in May, with the program expected to last one month, although there are options to increase the scope. The ClayCutter has a seawater jetting system and offers three ROV-deployed operating modes – general trench excavation, trench widening, or excavation in very hard soils.
The system has been used at 870 m (2,854ft) water depth on Ormen Lange’s Southern field development.